Let’s take a look at endpoint security for Linux
- Understand layered defensive strategy
- Realize the benefits of Encrypting Linux Endpoints
- See the advantages of using SecureDoc for Linux
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What is Linux Endpoint Encryption?
With an endpoint encryption software for Linux your data will be encode and scrambled making it unreadable & unusable unless a user has the correct decryption key. Endpoint encryption, regardless of the operating system, essentially protects the OS from attacks that can install keyloggers or corrupt boot files and lock files stored on laptops, servers, tablets, and other endpoints to prevent unauthorized users from accessing the data.
Organizations use endpoint encryption software to protect sensitive information, including healthcare files, bank account information, social security numbers, and home addresses.
Linux has built-in encryption for endpoints for several years now. Yet, many enterprises struggle with encryption on Linux endpoints. Our SecureDoc Linux endpoint protection solution builds on the capabilities available in Linux (such as dm-crypt), providing an overarching layer of manageability, visibility, and automation that scales at an enterprise level and facilitates compliance.
Covid-19 and Work-from-Home
Work from home was a limited reality for some businesses, but the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 and 2021 radically transformed where people worked. As governments and industry globally enforced lockdowns and limited staff movement, many organizations recognized the most (or only) viable solution was a ‘Work From Home’ model – if they hoped to sustain their operations while waiting for the Covid threat to be brought under control.
With malware incidents on the rise by 358% in 2020, and 1 in 5 Americans touched with ransomware attacks according to a Harris poll, organizations can no longer afford to ignore cyberattack risks – on any device platform. Instead, they need a model that provides multiple fail-safes to strengthen their defenses against the new wave of sophisticated threats.
This necessity brought into sharp detail the security risks of remote working. With millions of more devices now accessing corporate resources from outside the traditional perimeter, security incidents increased. The security perimeter changed from the corporate firewall to the user’s endpoint located at home.
The solution – SecureDoc for Linux
Organizations need to keep their data protected, at all times, following the Zero Trust model that takes defense in depth even further, and endpoint encryption meets its requirements, providing the last line of defense against any system compromise. With this Linux Endpoint protection, even when a user’s device is lost or stolen, the critical data remains secure. This solution also meets the requirements of many compliance standards such as PCI-DSS and provides organizations with the surety that their information remains confidential and its integrity indisputable.
In this regard, the best Linux Encryption software is WinMagic’s SecureDoc which offers enterprise-class full disk encryption for Linux endpoints. It separates encryption into two components – encryption and key management – as the expertise needed to deliver these security elements is quite different.
SecureDoc works seamlessly with Linux native encryption. By providing a management layer on top of dm-crypt, the built-in drive encryption solution that comes with the Linux operating system, it improves enterprise manageability.
By leveraging the features offered by WinMagic’s SecureDoc for Linux, organizations can implement a Zero Trust, and provide good security that protects and empowers people.
Comprehensive protection and live conversion
While Linux’s native toolkit is the best at securing Linux-based devices, the operating system can really benefit from a Linux endpoint protection management solution like SecureDoc Enterprise Server, to unify encryption efforts across the enterprise and on different device platforms.
Without an encryption management platform like SecureDoc, native Linux encryption of an endpoint’s storage device typically requires a reinstall of the operating system – resulting in unproductive users and a busy IT department reinstalling the operating system, configuring all the applications, and copying data back into the now-encrypted disks.
From encryption set-up to IT Admin turnover, and password resets, managing encryption using Linux’s basic tools will pull resources away from more important tasks. WinMagic’s SecureDoc full disk encryption [HH3] [MD4] helps enterprises lock down their Linux-based devices and provides greater control than ever before.
SecureDoc separates encryption into two components – encryption and key management
Because the expertise to deliver these two components is quite different, SecureDoc for Linux endpoint protection works seamlessly with the native encryption, layering on top of dm-crypt to better manage device encryption—taking encryption management to the next level.
The distinct endpoint solution:
- Makes central deployments and user staging simple for Linux devices.
- Permits initial live conversion of disks – allowing admins and users to log-in and work on the machine while initial encryption occurs.
- Removes the need to clear the disk and re-install the operating system before commencing encryption.